(Sporting Alert) — Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale both start for Real Madrid in tonight’s Champions League last 16 first leg clash at Schalke.
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Ronaldo, who is serving a three-match ban in La Liga, has been training well regardless and head coach Carlo Ancelotti says the forward is ready to go.
Also starting are Luka Modric, Angel Di Maria and Karim Benzema.
Julian Draxler, who was heavily linked with a January move to Arsenal is in the starting line-up for the hosts.
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, another man who was linked with a move to the English Premier League, leads the attack for Schalke.
Schalke v Real Madrid
Schalke 04: Fahrmann, Howedes, Matip, Felipe Santana, Kolasinac, Boateng, Neustadter, Farfan, Meyer, Draxler, Huntelaar
Subs: Hildebrand, Hoogland, Goretzka, Papadopoulos, Obasi Ogbuke, Fuchs, Szalai
Real Madrid: Casillas, Carvajal, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Modric, Alonso, Di Maria, Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo
Subs: Diego Lopez, Varane, Fabio Coentrao, Arbeloa, Jese, Isco, Illarramendi
Referee: Howard Webb (England)